Walsh Reveals Prestigious DeRoy Scholars-Students Receive Full Tuition Scholarships

TROY, Mich., Aug. 1, 2019 – Walsh has announced the recipients of its full academic DeRoy Testamentary Foundation Scholarships, named for the foundation started by philanthropist, automotive businesswoman and community leader, Helen L. DeRoy. This year’s DeRoy Scholars are Aysha Abdul Shahid of Warren and Anna Duffer of St. Clair Shores. Both students earned associate degrees in accounting at Macomb Community College and will pursue bachelor of accountancy degrees at Walsh this fall.

Abdul Shahid came to Michigan at age 17 from her home city of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. She plans to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and also mentor other international students through academic and other challenges they may be facing.

“This scholarship is everything to me” she said. “I don’t have to worry about the financial burden that comes with being an international student taking out a loan and I will have the freedom to pursue my goals without the stress of wondering how to pay for it. I’m very happy I moved here, because this is the land of opportunity where I can pursue my dream.”

Duffer works full-time for Macomb County as the administrative coordinator for community development and has also been involved with the county’s weatherization initiatives. A bachelor’s degree in accountancy will align with her work in government funding and support her career goals of helping low income families find the resources they need to live better lives.

“Being awarded this scholarship is surreal. It shows me that hard work does not go unnoticed and I am so very appreciative that I received the DeRoy Testamentary Foundation Scholarship,” she said.

The first DeRoy Testamentary Foundation Scholarship was awarded in 2011. The DeRoy Testamentary Foundation provides funding support for programs and projects that improve the quality of life and well-being of individuals in metro Detroit. It received the President’s Award for Outstanding Partner in Education from Walsh in 2018.

To learn more about the DeRoy Testamentary Foundation Scholarship, visit walshcollege.academicworks.com. For more information about Walsh and its academic programs, visit www.walshcollege.edu.

Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is one of the region’s largest business schools and Michigan’s third largest graduate business school, offering classes in several locations as well as online. Our nationally ranked programs integrate theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, management, marketing, taxation and other fields. For more information, please visit www.walshcollege.edu.

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org) and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (www.acbsp.org).

Clayton & McKervey promotes four senior accountants to tax managers; announces expanded role for director of marketing

Southfield, Mich.—August 5, 2019— Clayton & McKervey, a certified public accounting and business advisory firm helping growth-driven companies compete in the global marketplace, is pleased to announce that four senior accountants have been promoted to tax managers. The announcement of the new tax manager promotions was made by Clayton & McKervey President Rob Dutkiewicz, CPA, and includes the following:

Tarah Ablett, CPA helps clients in the integrators industry take advantage of the research and experimentation credit.  She works with large international consolidated groups of entities to fulfill the many required federal, state and foreign compliance filings. The Rochester Hills resident received her B.S. in Accounting from Oakland University in 2006.

Miroslav Georgiev, CPA, is the team lead of Clayton & McKervey’s state and local tax practice.  Helping inbound and outbound clients with an international focus to succeed, he is involved in tax planning as well as structuring and compliance—and has experience in the private equity/venture capital industry.  He received his bachelor’s degree in Accountancy and his Masters in Taxation (MST) from Walsh College, and lives in Rochester Hills.

Eric Lin, CPA, works closely with foreign inbound and outbound clients to help them with their tax and accounting needs, ensuring that their foreign filings are in compliance.  He received his Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) from Eastern Michigan University and is a resident of Oakland Township.

Ruben Ramirez, CPA, is part of the transaction advisory group focusing on tax due diligence, deal structuring, business valuation and related tax planning. He assists owners of closely held pass-through businesses achieve their tax objectives while managing their ongoing compliance needs.  Ramirez received his B.S. in Business Administration–Finance from Wayne State University and his M.S. in Finance from Walsh College. He is accredited in business valuations (ABV) and resides in Dearborn.

“We are pleased to acknowledge these impressive young leaders in their new role as tax managers,” Dutkiewicz said. “Tarah Ablett, Miroslav Georgiev, Eric Lin and Ruben Ramirez have done outstanding work for our clients, and we look forward to their ongoing commitment to achieving success.”

In addition, Dutkiewicz announced that Denise Asker, formerly the Director of Marketing, will take on added responsibility in practice growth for the firm. Reflecting the expanded role, her new title is Director of Marketing & Practice Growth. Asker is responsible for initiating activities that support long-term relationships with clients, future clients, chambers of commerce, economic development partners, and business associates, in addition to the delivery and execution of a marketing strategy that supports the firm’s brand and public image.

About Clayton & McKervey

Clayton & McKervey is a full-service CPA firm helping middle-market entrepreneurial companies compete in the global marketplace.  The firm is headquartered in metro Detroit and services clients throughout the world.  To learn more, visit claytonmckervey.com.


Media Contacts: Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus Communications; barbara@eafocus.com; 248.260.8466; Denise Asker, dasker@claytonmckervey.com; 248.936.9488


Bourjaily joins Plunkett Cooney’s Trusts, Estates Group

Attorney Ryan P. Bourjaily is the newest member of the Trusts & Estates Practice Group of Plunkett Cooney – one of the oldest and largest law firms in the Midwest.

Bourjaily, who recently joined the firm as an associate in the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office, focuses his practice on litigating probate, trust and estate matters. He represents a range of clients in claims involving alleged breach of fiduciary duty, undue influence, lack of mental capacity, fiduciary removal and surcharge, as well as will/trust contests. He also advises clients regarding trust and estate administrations, protective proceedings and estate planning.

Selected as a “Rising Star” in estate and trust litigation by Michigan Super Lawyers magazine in 2019, Bourjaily received his law degree from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School in 2014. He is also a member of the Probate & Estate Planning Section of the State Bar of Michigan. Bourjaily received his undergraduate degree from Albion College in 2011.

The members of Plunkett Cooney’s Trusts & Estates Practice Group focus their practice exclusively in the area of estate planning. They have particular expertise in drafting trusts and wills, managing estates, administering trusts, preserving assets, addressing tax sensitive distribution of assets to beneficiaries, planning for retirement and planning for effective asset protection. They assist with the selection process for guardians, and they utilize sophisticated techniques for tax and succession planning to the benefit of their clients.

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney is a leading provider of business and litigation services to clients in the private and public sectors. The firm employs approximately 140 attorneys in eight Michigan cities, Chicago, Illinois, Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. Plunkett Cooney has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell, a leading, international directory of law firms. The firm was also recently selected by Crain’s Detroit Business as its inaugural Law Firm of the Year.

For more information about Ryan Bourjaily joining Plunkett Cooney, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing and Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008; jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.


Lynn Capp Sirich Named a “2019 Women in the Law” Honoree by Michigan Lawyers Weekly

TROY, Mich., August 5, 2019 – Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Attorney Lynn Capp Sirich has been selected as a “2019 Women in the Law” Honoree by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.

With over 27 years of experience in all areas of family and domestic relations law, Ms. Sirich skillfully guides her clients through this legal process, always mindful of the fact that she is assisting clients through an emotional and traumatic period of their lives with more than just their immediate divorce and child custody issues, as the business of divorce incorporates many different legal specialties. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan (Family Law Section), the Oakland County Bar Association, the Wayne County Bar Family Law Bar Association (Past-President), the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan, and the Michigan Inter-Professional Association. She is President and a Life Fellow of the Oakland County Bar Foundation and is a Board Member of Humble Design. She is recognized as a leader in her field by DBusiness Top Lawyers and was recognized by Crain’s Detroit Business as a “2017 Notable Women Lawyers in Michigan”. Ms. Sirich received her B.A. from Michigan State University, James Madison College and her J.D. from the Detroit College of Law. She was admitted as a Fellow to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) in 2019.

Each year, Michigan Lawyers Weekly selects 30 lawyers to honor as “Women in the Law”. “Women in the Law” honorees are lawyers who are committed to excellence in the practice of law while inspiring and serving as mentors to other women in the profession. The “2019 Women in the Law” will be honored at an annual luncheon and awards celebration on September 5, 2019 at the Detroit Marriott in Troy.

About Dickinson Wright PLLC
Dickinson Wright PLLC is a general practice business law firm with more than 475 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas and 16 industry groups. Headquartered in Detroit and founded in 1878, the firm has 19 offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and 12 other domestic offices in Austin and El Paso, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Lexington, Ky.; Nashville and Music Row, Tenn.; Las Vegas and Reno, Nev.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Silicon Valley, Calif.; and Washington, D.C. The firm’s Canadian office is located in Toronto.

Dickinson Wright offers our clients a distinctive combination of superb client service, exceptional quality, value for fees, industry expertise and business acumen. As one of the few law firms with ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification, Dickinson Wright has built state-of-the-art, independently-verified risk management controls and security processes for our commercial transactions. Dickinson Wright lawyers are known for delivering commercially-oriented advice on sophisticated transactions and have a remarkable record of wins in high-stakes litigation. Dickinson Wright lawyers are regularly cited for their expertise and experience by Chambers, Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers, and other leading independent law firm evaluating organizations.

Study: Michigan’s Automotive Industry’s Economic Contribution

MICHauto recently commissioned a study that demonstrates the comprehensive contribution of the automotive industry to Michigan’s economy. The study, conducted by Public Sector Consultants, found that the automotive industry contributes a total of $225 billion to the state’s economy. Of that $225 billion, 83% is directly attributed to automotive manufacturing.

Additional findings from the study include:

  • 712,000 jobs supported by the automotive industry
  • $48 billion in earnings and compensation from the automotive industry
  • $7.4 billion in tax payments statewide driven by the automotive industry

Read the full study below.

Macomb County seeks hosts and sponsors for Manufacturing Day

Event to benefit an estimated 2,100 high school students

Macomb County will once again host a coordinated event to coincide with national Manufacturing Day on Friday, October 4. The event provides an opportunity for high school students to visit area advanced manufacturing facilities to see the industry in action and meet people who make things.

Since 2014, more than 10,000 students have participated through the support of an active planning committee and the generosity of host sites and sponsors.

“The future of manufacturing in Macomb County and the greater Detroit area is strong, so it is a great time for young people to begin thinking about entering the field,” said Vicky Rad, director of the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development. “The annual Manufacturing Day event offers a unique opportunity for these students to connect with local businesses and learn about the profession. At the same time, it gives local organizations the chance to interact with the next generation of talent and to promote their companies. It’s a positive experience for everyone involved.”

Commitments from companies that would like to get involved are being accepted now. Host sites are asked to offer a 90-120 minute guided tour for a group of students and teachers. Successful tours offer some combination of the following:

  • Overview of the employer by company leadership, who provide information about what they do, who they hire and opportunities for career growth that they offer
  • Smaller sub-tours that highlight different work areas and careers
  • Opportunities for students to talk with employees and see the product life cycle in action
  • Opportunities for students to see and touch the machinery, tools and products that are a part of the industrial workplace

For more information on becoming a host site or to get involved as a sponsor, visit http://business.macombgov.org/Business-Events-ManufacturingDay.


Media Contact:

Maria Zardis
(586) 292-8018

Rehmann strengthens team with 16 promotions in Southeast Michigan

TROY, Mich., July 31, 2019 – Rehmann, a fully integrated financial services and advisory firm, is expanding its leadership team by promoting 16 associates in Troy and Farmington Hills. Rehmann has nearly 900 associates in Michigan, Ohio and Florida. Promotions include:

  • Corey Boller – Troy – Manager, Capital Management Group
  • Eve Berton – Troy – Senior Manager
  • Carley Chrencik – Troy – Assurance & Financial Reporting Senior
  • Jordan Early – Farmington Hills – Office Manager
  • Eric Hamann – Farmington Hills – Advisory & Tax Manager
  • Liz Jarboe – Troy – Advisory & Tax Manager
  • Karen LeGendre – Troy – Assurance & Financial Reporting Manager
  • Kayla McCarthy – Troy – Assurance & Financial Reporting Senior
  • Dan Milano – Troy – Assurance & Financial Reporting Senior
  • Rachel MinikelFarmington Hills – Senior Manager
  • Kelly Morrin – Troy – Senior Marketing Assistant
  • Sarah Nanni – Troy – Advisory & Tax Senior
  • Himanshu Puri – Farmington Hills – Advisory & Tax Manager
  • Ron Simmons – Troy – Senior Manager
  • Connie ThompsonTroy – Senior Manager of Brand and Market Strategy
  • Joann Vitale – Troy – Project Resource Manager

About Rehmann

Rehmann is a fully integrated financial services and advisory firm that provides accounting and assurance, comprehensive technology, accounting and human resource solutions, specialized consulting and wealth management services. For more than 75 years, Rehmann has provided forward-thinking solutions, making it our duty to anticipate our clients’ daily and future needs. Rehmann has nearly 900 associates in Michigan, Ohio and Florida. Rehmann is an independent member of Nexia International, offering clients a global approach. Find us online at rehmann.com.


Dennis W. Archer Jr.

Dennis W. Archer Jr. is the CEO of Ignition Media Group and founding partner of Archer Corporate Services (ACS). Archer is the majority owner of Central Kitchen + Bar, named as one of Detroit’s “2016 top new restaurants of the year” by the Detroit Free Press.

Leveraging his background in marketing and advertising, Archer has created a portfolio of companies, each creating niches for themselves. Ignition Media Group, a leading integrated marketing agency, has significantly grown its leadership team in the last decade, carrying a large network of local contacts in the media, business, political and philanthropic communities. Under his leadership, ACS has also grown into one of the nation’s leading marketing fulfillment services firms, under his leadership, serving clients such as General Motors Co., Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson and Michelin.

Archer serves on a number of civic and philanthropic boards and foundations, including the Detroit Regional Chamber Board of Directors. He received both his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Sandy Baruah

The Honorable Sandy K. Baruah is president and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber, the third largest chamber of commerce in the nation. The Chamber represents the business interests of a region comprising 5.4 million residents and 11 Fortune 500 companies. The Chamber also serves as the regional economic development entity, Destination Detroit, the statewide automotive and mobility industry cluster association, MICHauto, and hosts the nationally recognized Mackinac Policy Conference.

Baruah joined the Chamber in 2010 after a distinguished career in Washington, D.C. He served President George W. Bush as administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). In this role, he was the chief executive responsible for the SBA’s 4,000 national employees and $18 billion small business loan portfolio. Baruah was one of the senior officials shaping the federal government’s response to the 2008 credit crisis and assistance to the U.S. automotive industry.

In 2016, Gov. Rick Snyder appointed Baruah as chair of Michigan’s 21st Century Economy Commission. He is a frequent commentator on local and national media regarding political developments, automotive industry matters, and Detroit and Michigan issues.

Butzel Long attorney Mitchell (“Mitch”) Zajac to receive the Detroit Bar Association’s ‘One to Watch’ Award on July 24

DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long attorney Mitchell (“Mitch”) Zajac will receive the Detroit Bar Association’s “One to Watch” Award during the 2019 Summer Breeze event at the Detroit Shipping Company on July 24.

Based in Butzel Long’s Detroit office, Zajac is an associate and registered patent attorney, focusing his practice in the areas of automotive, intellectual property (IP), compliance, and international trade.

Before joining Butzel Long as a summer associate in May 2017, while attending law school full time, Zajac was an engineer at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). He moved quickly through the ranks at FCA. He was responsible for multiple ground-breaking development projects, led the international engineering team producing the Ram ProMaster City, and had a leading role in FCA’s corporate audit group with responsibilities in safety/regulatory compliance, quality and purchasing.

In less than a year as a licensed lawyer, Zajac has practiced in six federal courts, the U.S. Patent Office, and the U.S. International Trade Commission. Zajac’s career as an attorney builds on his strengths and experiences he gained while at FCA and has helped him to grow his practice beyond the automotive industry. Zajac already has helped several clients manage and craft IP portfolios in other unique industries, like medicine, light-weighting, and industrial manufacturing. His experience is extensive in complex patent, trade secret and commercial litigation cases. He crafts unique solutions for clients in emerging industries, achieves improbable deals, and recently helped a client achieve hundreds of thousands of dollars working with customs agents and import brokers to exclude tariffs on millions of dollars of imports exercising exceptions to President Trump’s Section 232 tariffs.

Zajac has built a book of business that includes automotive and transportation companies developing IP portfolios, multiple start-up companies with $4M+ capitalization developing strategic national partners, and multi-million-dollar global automotive clients navigating international trade issues. Between trials and hearings in Detroit Washington D.C. on behalf of Detroit auto suppliers, sitting first-chair and taking depositions across the U.S. and around the world (including London, Singapore, and Taiwan), Zajac also spends time presenting across the country as a thought leader in remanufacturing, automotive IP, and automotive contracting and supply agreements.

Zajac attended WMU-Cooley (J.D., 2017) after graduating from Western Michigan University with Bachelors’ degrees in Mechanical Engineering and German (2012) and a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering (2013). He was a Rhodes Scholar finalist (2012); interned for Congressman Fred Upton; and was a four-year starter on the Division 1 football team at WMU. Zajac also is completing his Master’s degree in Corporate Law and Finance.

He also is an advocate for continuous education and public service. He’s the Association for Child Development (ACD) President, a non-profit organization facilitating ~$30M/annum through the USDA CACF Program providing healthy meals to children across the Midwest. He has helped this organization achieve financial stability, organizational structure, and leads strategic expansion of ACD programs to more children and to provide education to more families.

Moreover, Zajac dedicates hundreds of hours each year coaching high school football in Howell, turning his standard 12-hour workdays into 15+ hour days in order to work with and mentor young athletes. Zajac is an adjunct professor and curriculum coordinator for the engineering project management graduate programs at Trine University; serves on the WMU Lee Honors College Board; and, volunteers as a Challenge Master for Destination Imagination – a creative problem-solving program for kids around the world.

About Butzel Long

Butzel Long is one of the leading law firms in Michigan and the United States. It was founded in Detroit in 1854 and has provided trusted client service for more than 160 years. Butzel’s full-service law offices are located in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Lansing and Ann Arbor, Mich.; New York, NY; and, Washington, D.C., as well as alliance offices in Beijing and Shanghai. It is an active member of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms. Learn more by visiting www.butzel.com or follow Butzel Long on Twitter: https://twitter.com/butzel_long